Progressive Web Apps in Angular
Making your Angular app a PWA
The two main requirements of a PWA are a Service Worker and a Web Manifest. While it's possible to add both of these to an app manually, the Angular team has an
@angular/pwa package that can be used to automate this.
@angular/pwa package will automatically add a service worker and an app manifest to the app.
To add this package to the app, run:
ng add @angular/pwa
Once this package has been added run
ionic build --prod and the
www directory will be ready to deploy as a PWA.
By default, the
@angular/pwa package comes with the Angular logo for the app icons. Be sure to update the manifest to use the correct app name and also replace the icons.
Service Worker configuration
@angular/pwa has been added, a new
ngsw-config.json file will be created at the root of the project. This file is responsible for configuring how Angular's service worker mechanism will handle caching assets. By default, the following will be provided:
"files": ["/favicon.ico", "/index.html", "/*.css", "/*.js"]
"files": ["/assets/**", "/*.(eot|svg|cur|jpg|png|webp|gif|otf|ttf|woff|woff2|ani)"]
There are two sections in here, one for app specific resources (JS, CSS, HTML) and assets the app will load on demand. Depending on your app, these options can be customized. For a more detailed guide, read the official guide from the Angular Team.
Firebase hosting provides many benefits for Progressive Web Apps, including fast response times thanks to CDNs, HTTPS enabled by default, and support for HTTP2 push.
First, if not already available, create the project in Firebase.
Next, in a Terminal, install the Firebase CLI:
npm install -g firebase-tools
If it's the first time you use firebase-tools, login to your Google account with
firebase login command.
With the Firebase CLI installed, run
firebase init within your Ionic project. The CLI prompts:
"Which Firebase CLI features do you want to set up for this folder?" Choose "Hosting: Configure files for Firebase Hosting and (optionally) set up GitHub Action deploys".
Create a new Firebase project or select an existing one.
"Select a default Firebase project for this directory:" Choose the project you created on the Firebase website.
"What do you want to use as your public directory?" Enter "www".
Answering this next question will ensure that routing, hard reload, and deep linking work in the app:
Configure as a single-page app (rewrite all urls to /index.html)?" Enter "Yes".
"File build/index.html already exists. Overwrite?" Enter "No".
Set up automatic builds and deploys with Github? Enter "Yes".
For which GitHub repository would you like to set up a Github Workflow? Enter your project name.
Set up the workflow to run a build script before every deploy? Enter "Yes".
What script should be run before every deploy? Enter
npm ci && npm run build.
Set up automatic deployment to your sites live channel when a PR is merged? Enter "Yes".
What is the name of the get hooked branch associated with your sites live channel? Enter your project's main branch name.
firebase.json config file is generated, configuring the app for deployment.
The last thing needed is to make sure caching headers are being set correctly. To do this, add a
headers snippet to the
firebase.json file. The complete
firebase.json looks like:
"ignore": ["firebase.json", "**/.*", "**/node_modules/**"],
"value": "public, max-age=31536000"
For more information about the
firebase.json properties, see the Firebase documentation.
Next, build an optimized version of the app by running:
ionic build --prod
Last, deploy the app by running:
After this completes, the app will be live.